Grilled Pork Salad

Photo: Nina Choi
Escarole, a variety of chicory, tastes less bitter than its cousins, frisée and endive. Apples are also abundant this time of year, so substitute your favorite red-skinned variety if you prefer a sweet-tart note.

Yield:

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 salad)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 250
Fat 15 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 9.1 g
Polyfat 3.2 g
Protein 17.5 g
Carbohydrate 12.5 g
Fiber 4.2 g
Cholesterol 49 mg
Iron 1.5 mg
Sodium 459 mg
Calcium 45 mg

Ingredients

1/2 cup pecans
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
Dash of sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
Cooking spray
5 cups chopped escarole
1 1/3 cups thinly diagonally sliced celery
2 cups thinly sliced red Bartlett or Comice pear (about 2)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine pecans and canola oil in a small bowl; toss well. Place pecans on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and sugar. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes.

3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

4. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

5. Brush pork with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer registers 145°. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut, crosswise, into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

6. Add escarole and celery to vinegar mixture; toss gently to coat. Place 1 cup escarole mixture on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1/3 cup pears and 3 ounces pork. Sprinkle evenly with pecans.

Note:

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Joanne Weir,

September 2011